Truro & Roseland local news

Car parking in Truro is damaging our brand, says former mayor

By Lee Trewhela A former Mayor of Truro has said the city is in a “very serious situation” of Cornwall Council’s making. Bert Biscoe is urging the local authority...

The green, green grass of home

It looks like it really might be coming home.  Having spent months looking like a battlefield, the new £11 million publicly-owned Langarth community sports hub now has a freshly-sown...

Reform UK makes it six out of six in Cornwall

By Julia Penhaligon The first day of the general election campaign has brought a significant boost to the chances of Cornwall electing a Labour MP for the first time...

“Concern over additional load” has forced Truro multi-storey car park closure, says council

By Lee Trewhela Cornwall Council has said “concerns about adding additional load to the multi-storey sections of the car park” is the reason why the busy Moorfield car park...

Hundreds in Truro to say farewell to Gaza hero “Hendo”

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Hundreds of people are attending the funeral of Falmouth aid worker Jim Henderson, who was killed by the Israeli Defence Forces in Gaza in April. About...

Truro’s biggest council-run multi-storey car park closes upper levels due to “structural concerns”

By Lee Trewhela Truro’s biggest council car park was closed last night following “concerns” discovered during an inspection. The multi-storey levels (decks four to nine) of Moorfield car park...

Motorcyclist killed in accident at Ladock

By Peter Tremayne A 57-year-old motorcyclist has been killed in collision with a car on the B3275 at Ladock. The accident happened yesterday (Monday) morning. The road was closed...

Motorists warned of two weeks of major roadworks on approach to Truro

By Peter Tremayne One of the main routes into Truro is closed overnight this week and next. The A390 between Chiverton and Langarth is being prepared for the major...

Two wheels good: cyclists get the lion’s share of Truro’s “river city” windfall

By Julia Penhaligon Truro’s powerful cycling lobby has won an important victory to prioritise a hugely expensive lifting bridge to connect Boscawen Park with Newham, on either side of...

Hold very tight, please: the search for someone to run Truro’s buses could be about to get bumpy

By Peter Tremayne Can you drive a bus?  Would you like £4.5 million to ferry passengers around Truro?  Can you let us know your availability before the end of...

Going underground? Heat and power pipes for Truro New Town “on hold”

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall Council leader Linda Taylor is under pressure to make an “individual decision” about a multi-million pound energy project intended to power the proposed Truro New...

“Shoppers’ car park” in Truro now charging £31.50 for motorists who stay longer than three hours

By Lee Trewhela Shop owners in Truro have accused Cornwall Council of trying to bankrupt the city following tariff changes in a car park which now means anyone parking...

Are we nearly there yet? A30 roadworks at Chiverton Cross still have about a month to go (maybe)

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The £330 million upgrade to the A30 to the west of Truro, designed to speed the flow of tourists into West Cornwall, still has weeks of...

A bridge too far: after three years of blether, Truro can only watch as inflation erodes the value of government’s pre-election “transformation” cash

By Lee Trewhela and Julia Penhaligon The full raft of plans proposed to revitalise Truro with £23.6 million of government pre-election funding could now be in jeopardy. The cash was...

Planners say “no” to the National Trust, rejecting proposals for a 250-space car park at Trelissick Gardens

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Planners have rejected proposals for a huge new car park at the National Trust’s Trelissick Gardens Country House at Feock, near Truro. Councillors voted 9-1 for...

Truro City’s footballers are now just waiting for the green, green grass of home

By Peter Tremayne The grass pitch is still a work in progress, but at least there is progress on the rest of the site.  It looks as if Truro...

Olly said what? Cornwall’s Tories drop the marmalade as housing boss appears to announce dramatic new “homes for locals” policy

By Julia Penhaligon A little-noticed national newspaper article has set tongues wagging at County Hall because of two quotes attributed to a Cornwall Council cabinet member. The i newspaper...

Sex attack at Truro Cathedral

By Harold Callahan Police have appealed for information about a serious sex attack in the grounds of Truro Cathedral. The attack happened more than a month ago - late...

“I have acted in the best interests of the people in my division,” says councillor who blew the whistle on senior County Hall officials

By Lee Trewhela A Cornwall councillor who has received a censure for failing to apologise and undergo “training” after speaking out about the way the local authority dealt with...

Councillor censured for refusing to say sorry, after revealing council’s secret plan to move bus dweller from Falmouth to Truro

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall councillor Dulcie Tudor has been censured by County Hall’s standards committee for failing to apologise for an alleged breach of the code of conduct. The...

The Mid Cornwall Metro: a solution in search of a problem?

By Roger French Mid Cornwall Metro is a £56.8 million project providing a new hourly Coast to Coast link with direct trains running between Newquay, Par, St Austell, Truro, Penryn...

Planners recommend approval of Trelissick Gardens car park in classic “sustainable” tourism row

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Planning officials are recommending approval of a new 250-space car park at the National Trust’s Trelissick Gardens estate at Feock, near Truro. The recommendation is contrary...

Truro’s Pydar regeneration: we have no idea how much it’s going to cost, admits Cornwall Council, saying original concept is now “undeliverable”

By Graham Smith The latest official estimate of Truro’s Pydar regeneration is “more than £200 million” and likely to increase, according to a Cornwall Council Freedom of Information answer....

A new look for County Hall as solar panels cover the car park

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Work is about to start on the installation of 543 solar panels that will cover the County Hall visitors’ car park, Truro. The panels will dramatically...

After six years on the road, football really is coming home

By Peter Tremayne Truro’s footballers yesterday (Saturday) completed their bizarre 2023/24 season with a 2-1 away defeat to Dartford. But Truro City FC has avoided relegation from the National...

Another secret trial, as councillors prepare once more to play “what’s the issue?” in a Code of Conduct complaint

By Graham Smith Another Cornwall councillor is facing a secret “trial” over alleged poor behaviour. For Dulcie Tudor, Independent councillor for Threemilestone and Chacewater, next week’s hearing will be...

It’s coming home. Probably. One day.

By Peter Tremayne Truro’s footballers have ensured their survival in the National League south by beating Dover Athletic 1-0 last night (Tuesday.) The win means that Truro City still...

War of words over Pydar set to rumble all the way to the general election

By Julia Penhaligon The politics of Truro’s £220 million Pydar regeneration project have forced their way into the general election campaign, with the two leading contenders to become the...

A bridge not quite far enough

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A new bridge for cyclists and pedestrians, over the A30 at Chiverton Cross, has opened – but it could still be months before the “active travel”...

Get the popcorn ready: the politics of Pydar are about to become even more interesting

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council’s plans for a £2 billion capital spending programme looks set to come under attack next week – from the ruling administration’s own side. The...

EXCLUSIVE: Truro’s Old County Hall: is it doomed to become Pydar 2?

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council is to transfer the land behind the Old County Hall, Truro, to its own wholly-owned property development company, Treveth, for a nominal sum. Last...

Warning: the value of County Hall’s investments on behalf of the taxpayer can go down

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall Council’s financial gamble on football is gaining a sharper focus as the sport approaches the sharp end of the season. Truro City’s “home” fixture tonight...

Truro City: taxpayer-backed footballers face 9 games in 17 days, none of them in Cornwall

By Peter Tremayne Truro City’s footballers must play nine matches in 17 days if they are to complete the current season.  Failure to complete the fixture list could result...

Vandalised speed cameras: police say suspects remain “under investigation”

By Harold Callahan Police have still not made a decision about whether to bring criminal charges against any of the three men arrested in connection with the vandalism of...

Pydar: Cornwall Council’s cabinet agreed to the new “special purpose vehicle” to regenerate Truro more than a year after officials set it up

By Peter Tremayne Any Cornwall Council cabinet members who thought they were in charge of County Hall’s Pydar project might do well to study Companies House registration documents relating...

Something for the weekend: the complete and utter history of the deep hole in the middle of Truro, and why a growing number of councillors now say it is time to stop digging

By Graham Smith A bank holiday weekend is the perfect opportunity for otherwise idle hands to dream up new conspiracies. A significant number – more than 12 - Conservative...

Pydar: the extra £10 million still has a hurdle to clear

By Graham Smith Last week’s controversial decision by County Hall’s Conservative cabinet to spend an extra £10 million on the redevelopment of Truro’s Pydar area will have to clear...

EXCLUSIVE: Is football coming home? Don’t ask us, says County Hall, we haven’t got a clue

By Peter Tremayne The chances of Truro’s footballers starting the next season at Cornwall Council’s £11 million new mini-stadium at Langarth remain a mystery, as the 31st March deadline...

Could an October election help the Tories hold on in Truro and Falmouth?

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Younger voters in the marginal Truro and Falmouth constituency could be left without a voice in this year’s general election if Rishi Sunak decides to hold...

A30 Carland-Chiverton faces more disruption this weekend

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Motorists are being urged to avoid the A30 between Chiverton Cross and Carland Cross this weekend because of major roadworks. A new road layout will come...

Another fine mess: Taunton mud bath means Truro’s footballers will spend the rest of the season in Gloucester for their “home” fixtures

By Peter Tremayne Truro’s footballers will have to play all of their remaining “home” fixtures for this season in Gloucester.  Fans face a 400-mile round trip to watch their...

Additional spending on Truro’s Pydar project will impact council services, admits County Hall

By Julia Penhaligon Truro’s troubled Pydar "regeneration" has secured an emergency cash-injection of £10 million to keep the project alive. But the raid on Cornwall Council’s capital budget could...

We can’t have a building site in the middle of Truro for the next ten years, says councillor

By Lee Trewhela A councillor has said “we can’t have a building site in the middle of Truro for the next ten years” as Cornwall Council’s cabinet meets today...

Jumpers for goalposts: fixture crisis means Truro City must now play 12 games in less than five weeks to finish the season

By Peter Tremayne Truro City’s fixture crisis took another turn for the worse last night when a “home” game, played in Gloucester because Taunton was again waterlogged, had to...

The five phases of Pydar: how County Hall plans to spread the pain over a never-ending future

By Graham Smith The proposed “new blueprint” for Truro’s Pydar area envisages only one of five potential phases ever being completed. County Hall has been promising since 2017 “a...

Pydar: the £10 million hole in the ground needs another £10 million just to keep the Truro redevelopment project alive

By Graham Smith Plans to redevelop the Pydar area  of Truro need a further £10 million simply to keep the project alive, Cornwall councillors have been told.  There appears...

Can Truro’s Pydar project finally find first gear?

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The long-delayed proposals for how to fund Truro’s Pydar area regeneration should be unveiled next week. Cornwall Council officials have been promising since last September to...

This evening’s Truro City “home” match – in Taunton – is again postponed because of waterlogged pitch

By Peter Tremayne Truro City football fans have been told to cancel any plans they might have had to travel to Taunton this evening (Tuesday) - the "home" match...

Did we mention this is an election year: Truro’s Boscawen Park grows a magic money tree

By Julia Penhaligon A £5.2 million facelift for Truro’s Boscawen Park has come a step closer following receipt of the first tranche of cash. Today’s release of £464,251 is...

A blank cheque: no-one knows how much the Mid Cornwall Metro is going to cost, but now we do know who is paying for it

By Peter Tremayne The development of any Mid Cornwall Metro (MCM) train service between Newquay and Falmouth will have to be on an “emerging costs” basis, Network Rail has...

Councillors reject plans for Healey’s Cyder solar farm

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A controversial solar farm in Cornwall has been refused planning permission on the casting vote of the committee chairman. Officials had recommended approval of a six-acre...

County Hall executive takes charge at Truro City Council

By Julia Penhaligon Eyebrows are rising across more than 200 town and parish councils in Cornwall in response to the appointment of a senior County Hall official to run...

That’s the way the money goes: would you like to ride in my £165,000 virtual Mid Cornwall Metro balloon?

By Julia Penhaligon A marketing video attempting to stir enthusiasm for Cornwall’s Mid Cornwall Metro railway project has cost nearly £165,000. The video, which was part of a “virtual...

Going to the match: another 400-mile round-trip for Truro City fans who want to cheer their “home” team

By Peter Tremayne Supporters of Truro’s footballers will again have to travel to Gloucester on Saturday if they want to cheer their “home” side. The fixture against Chelmsford will...

How much has it cost to dig a big hole in the centre of Truro? Pydar project is going nowhere, but here comes yet another “delivery vehicle”

By Graham Smith The original timetable for Truro’s Pydar redevelopment appears to be in ruins, with the project not even included in the 2024-2028 business plan for Cornwall Council’s...

No Masked Ball at Killiow Estate

By Lee Trewhela Organisers of the Masked Ball events have withdrawn a licensing application to hold the Spring Ball at a new venue near Truro following complaints by residents....

Tumbleweed Truro: another local shop forced to quit the city

By Julia Penhaligon Tremletts newsagents, of River Street, Truro, has told customers it is now operating its daily paper round from home because of the cost-of-living crisis. Craig and...

Football is very far from coming home, as Truro City head even further north in their search for somewhere to play

By Peter Tremayne Truro City’s next home fixture, due to have been played at Taunton, has been moved to Gloucestershire.   Spectators from Truro, keen to support their “local” team,...

A funny old game: how many people will be watching football in Truro’s new mini stadium six months from now?

By Peter Tremayne County Hall’s “business plan” for Truro City’s new home ground at Langarth has taken another dent as the team last night (Tuesday) slumped to its seventh...

A30 Chiverton: Are we nearly there yet? No. Stop asking.

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The roadworks on the A30 at Chiverton Cross, to the west of Truro, will now continue until at least June, National Highways has said. The project...

Truro City footballers facing fixture crisis as rain stops play

By Peter Tremayne Truro City football club, anxiously waiting for Cornwall Council to build a new "home" ground at Langarth in time for the start of next season, could...

Crumbs of comfort? Truro’s proposed community sports hub “poses health and environmental risks”

Dear Editor, At Cornwall Council’s strategic planning committee meeting I attended last week, it was agreed to construct a football pitch for Truro City Football Club where the Stadium...

EXCLUSIVE: that’s the way the money goes -Truro New Town needs an extra £90 million and construction hasn’t even started yet

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Construction costs associated with the Truro New Town project have rocketed by nearly £90 million. Cornwall Council is today (Tuesday) expected to endorse an increase in...

Public cash for private football clubs? It’s all going awfully well

By Peter Tremayne The “business plan” behind Cornwall Council’s £11 million mini-stadium at Truro is facing a new uncertainty – what might happen if Truro City’s footballers fail to...

Planners grant approval for Truro community sports hub

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall’s planners have voted unanimously to approve the proposed Truro community sports hub. This morning’s (Thursday’s) decision clears a major hurdle for a project which has...

Definitely not a stadium

This photo was taken in November and was shown to planners this morning (Thursday) as they debate the likely uses of Truro's proposed community sports hub.  A grass football...

It’s all balls: but only one shape looks likely to get a look-in at Truro’s publicly-funded mini stadium

By Peter Tremayne One of the most intriguing planning applications to come before councillors in recent times will finally be debated tomorrow (Thursday) to determine which sports might be...

Football: fixture problems mount for homeless Truro City

By Peter Tremayne Truro City’s footballers appear to be heading for severe fixture congestion as the current season enters its final few months. “Home” matches are a particular problem. ...

Are we nearly there yet? No

National Highways is warning motorists of more delays this weekend as the A30 around Chiverton Cross closes for more roadworks.  The project was originally scheduled for completion in 2022.

Is football coming home? Er, not quite

By Peter Tremayne Fans of Truro City football club will have to travel to Taunton for home matches until the rest of the current season. In recent years Truro’s...

Have you ever been stuck in Truro’s Garras Wharf car park after catching an evening show? You are not alone

By Peter Tremayne Officials are looking for ways to fix problems at Truro’s Garras Wharf car park, which routinely sees long delays as motorists try to leave after spending...

Soccer, rugby or cancer? Planners ponder a decision which could have major implications for anyone playing sport in Truro

By Peter Tremayne Questions over which sports will be played at the proposed £11 million Truro “mini-stadium” look set to cause much head-scratching next week as councillors try to...

Written off: Cornwall Council to abandon quest for unpaid business rates

By Peter Tremayne Business failures in Cornwall continue to take their toll on the public purse. Cornwall Council is about to write off debts totalling £131,340 after two firms...

Mid Cornwall Metro is here! County Hall’s train set now has a website

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall Council’s £60 million gamble on a new rail link between Newquay and Falmouth now has a website: midcornwallmetro.com. The launch of the site is the...

Truro’s Pydar dream has turned into a nightmare

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The long-delayed regeneration of Truro’s Pydar area has been delayed again. County Hall promises of a “funding options” report in November and December last year, then...

Are we nearly there yet? More road closures throughout February as A30 inches towards Chiverton finish line

By Rashleigh MacFarlane They’ve been talking about it forever. It became serious in 2014 when the government published its Road Investment Strategy for 2015-2020. When the government announced its...

Hello hello hello: have you got any drawing pins? Devon and Cornwall police in dawn raid on pensioner’s home after pro-Palestinian protest

By Harold Callahan A remarkable video has surfaced on social media showing how Devon and Cornwall police raided the home of a Cornish pensioner after she protested against Israel’s...

Truro aid worker was unlawfully killed while helping civilians in Ukraine, says coroner

By Peter Tremayne Truro humanitarian aid volunteer Christopher Parry was unlawfully killed in Ukraine, a coroner has ruled. Mr Parry, 28, died in January 2023 from gunshot wounds to the head...

Waiting for a bus at Truro’s park and ride? It might soon be all change

By Peter Tremayne The crucial bus links between Truro city centre and its flagship “park and ride” car parks at Langarth and Tregurra cannot be guaranteed beyond October, Cornwall...

Visit Cornwall by appointment only: National Trust car park rumpus hears call for a new approach to tourism

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Controversial National Trust plans for a new 250-space car park at its Trelissick Estate, Feock, appear to have become bogged down in a storm of protest....

When money’s too tight to mention: how a faraway war might provide a convenient excuse to delay the regeneration of Truro

By Julia Penhaligon One of the most difficult decisions facing Cornwall Council’s ruling cabinet is approaching a critical deadline – whether or not to proceed with the redevelopment of...

Who chopped down Cornwall’s speed cameras? Police arrest two men

By Harold Callahan Police investigating criminal damage to speed cameras in Cornwall have made two arrests. Two men in their 30s, one from the Falmouth area and one from...

Fire crews rescue two from car stuck in flood near Truro

By Peter Tremayne Fire crews have rescued two people from floodwater near Truro. Their car got stuck at Little Killiow shortly after 1am this morning (Wednesday.) One fire engine...

More speed cameras vandalised in Cornwall

By Harold Callahan Speed cameras on the A390 in Tregolls Road, Truro, have been vandalised overnight. The cameras were upgraded in 2022 in a bid to cut speeds from...

Truro City’s win at Torquay puts a smile on faces at Cornwall Council

By Peter Tremayne Hopes that the publicly-funded £11 million mini-stadium under construction at Langarth might actually be commercially viable received a remarkable boost yesterday (Tuesday) when nearly 4,000 people...

Football: how many will attend today’s “local derby” between Truro City and Torquay?

By Peter Tremayne Truro’s footballers travel to Torquay today (Boxing Day) for a fixture which could indicate if they might one day be capable of attracting crowds to a...

The curious case of the £1 million farmhouse which County Hall wants to sell continues to perplex councillors

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council leader Linda Taylor has been told to "think again" about the sell-off of a £1 million farmhouse on the Roseland peninsula. An extraordinary scrutiny...

Teddies for peace: demonstration at Truro cathedral calls for ceasefire in Palestine

Hundreds of teddies have been laid out in front of Truro Cathedral to call for a ceasefire in Gaza, where Israel's response to the 7th October Hamas attack has...

Fire alarm at Truro cathedral sends Shelterbox carol singers outside

Part of a Shelterbox Christmas carol concert at Truro cathedral was held outside on Tuesday night after a fire alarm forced 700 people to leave the building.  They were...

The curious case of the £1 million farmhouse that council officials want to sell

By Julia Penhaligon An individual decision by Cornwall Council leader Linda Taylor to sell a publicly-owned £1 million farmhouse is to be challenged. Councillors have been called to an...

Don’t mess with Feock: property developers discover that it’s a place where angry locals have plenty of clout

By Lee Trewhela A contentious proposal for two modern houses to be built overlooking a historic creek has been criticised due to the removal of high quality trees. Councillors...

Call for extra train station in Truro city centre

By Lee Trewhela An ex mayor of Truro has called for a former railway station in the centre of the city to be reopened as part of Cornwall’s ongoing...

Slow Train Coming: get ready to be told how much you want the MCM, as Cornwall Council tries to spin its way to £60 million rail project

By Julia Penhaligon Residents and local councillors in St Austell and Newquay are about to be subjected to a ferocious marketing campaign in support of the “MCM” – County...

Liskeard-Looe trains hit by flooding

Trains between Liskeard and Looe have been disrupted this weekend by heavy rain.  The line at St Keyne was completely underwater.  The heavy rain has also delayed roadworks to...

Cyclists get their bridge over the A30 at Chiverton

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Completion of the St Agnes to Truro "Saints Trail" route has taken a step forward with the installation of a new traffic-free bridge over the A30...

Shiny happy people: County Hall to cover its car park with solar panels

By Rashleigh MacFarlane County Hall is soon to get a new-look, with a large canopy of solar panels due to be erected over the north car park early in...

EXCLUSIVE: Paradise postponed – Truro’s Pydar project looks set to remain just a big hole in the ground

By Graham Smith The redevelopment of Truro’s Pydar area has again been delayed, as Cornwall Council continues its search for more than £200 million to gamble on the high-risk...

Planning officials back proposals for Summercourt solar farm

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall’s planning officials are recommending approval of a huge solar farm at Summercourt. The application, for Burthy Row Farm, is for a 49.9MW installation of solar...

“We can’t carry on like this” – Cornwall’s finance boss eyes “historic capital projects” in a bid to get spending under control

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council is now projected to miss its budget targets by £16 million this financial year – a million pounds further wide of the mark reported...

Mid Cornwall Metro still on track – for now

By Peter Tremayne The business case for the Mid Cornwall Metro railway project has been approved by the Department for Transport and is now being scrutinised by the Treasury,...